Or catch 22. More than any other artistic medium, film and TV relies on MONEY at the embryonic stage.
A poet or author can self publish and hope for a buzz. A playwright can get something on in a room over a pub and hope the right people are watching which results in a lucrative commission.
Screenwriting is about CASH. Not the writer's cash. And there's the rub.
Despite the fact that screenwriting is about cash remember that it's really not. It's about entertainment. You just might have to butt a few heads to get that on screen and knowing when to butt heads depends on a lot of factors. Mostly how wanky the exec your are dealing with is.
But non wanky exec plus committed writer has a good chance of entertainment. Also known as NWE+CW=MC2
MC = mass circulation
A committed exec is hard to come by. A committed writer isn't. The trick is to find where the two meet. Different agendas, same goal.
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